Our firm gets many questions from individuals experiencing all different kinds of issues with their disability insurance. From questions about nuances between companies and policies to what could be considered to be appropriate care, we help with details of disability insurance everyday. However, these aren’t the only issues facing our clients. We know that our clients can better help themselves and return to work more successfully if they take care of themselves and follow some simple steps to help improve their recoveries. In today’s blog, I am going to talk about a few simple techniques to help those suffering from some of the most common condition that reach out for our help: chronic pain syndrome.
If you suffer from chronic pain syndrome, you know that its costs go far beyond any loss of income and medical expenses. The physical and emotional impacts of chronic pain permeate every fiber of your life. If you’re reading this blog, you know that our firm specializes in helping people obtain the disability benefits they deserve and desperately need when a life-changing event like chronic pain happens. Just as important as disability benefits, however, is your health and the steps you can take to deal with the many complications that accompany this dread condition.
Finding relief becomes a priority, the priority, but many of the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain face high levels of frustration in finding treatments that work for them. Here are a few of the different types of treatments to consider that many medical professionals consider to help ease pain and try to assist the transition back to a more active and productive lifestyle:
- Understand that chronic pain syndrome seldom has an ultimate cure. The pain may never completely go away, and what may help today may not work next month. Best outcomes should include learning all you can about your condition and becoming an advocate for a cure. Medical research by its nature is painstakingly slow, so stay patient and understand that these researchers are doing everything they can to try to cure your condition.
- Take an active role in your recovery by understanding and following the advice of your treating physician – this helps for disability claims as well. Take ownership of your condition and figure out what you can do to be a stronger partner in your treatment and pain care.
- Establish manageable goals and prioritize them from most important to least. Having a motivational starting point can help jump start your recovery, and setting manageable goals helps set the stage to build towards accomplishing larger goals. Be sure to reward yourself as you reach your intermediate goals.
- Never, ever feel guilty for your condition and realize that you will make mistakes. You shouldn’t expect yourself to be perfect – none of us are. But just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean that you have to forfeit your personal rights. Don’t allow people to take advantage of or even sabotage your efforts to manage your condition.
- Make sure you acknowledge and deal with any feelings of depression or anger that you may experience. Working through these issues can help reduce stress and make the pain more manageable.
- Practicing relaxation techniques is one of the best ways to naturally deal with pain. Meditation and breathing techniques are common methods used to supplement traditional medical care and treatment. Even some types of yoga and alternative or Eastern medicine can help improve outcomes.
- Stay active in a thoughtful way, even when it hurts. Unused muscles and joints can produce more pain than toned, flexible ones. Work with your doctor and therapists to create an exercise plan that stays in line with your limitations but also allows you to challenge yourself safely.
- Look at the big picture. An individual’s life is made up of much more than just their pain. Focus attention on what you still can do and the positives in your life. Develop new areas of interests. A disabling condition does not have to mean the end of your happiness.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are millions of others who are suffering from the similar symptoms and conditions that may have discovered other pain and stress management techniques that can help you in your specific situation. Also, make sure to reach out to help others in similar circumstances. Share some of the tools and techniques you’ve learned with those that may be at different points in their journey. This can help build a sense of community and soothe the stresses and feelings of helplessness you may experience in dealing with your chronic pain.
On a daily basis, our firm deals with many clients who are having trouble with their disability insurance claims, but we realize that this is just a small part of our clients’ lives. Most of their time is spent trying to overcome their pains and challenges while developing a meaningful life. Hopefully our blog post today offers a fresh perspective from our normal advice and can help you in the future. If you are looking for tips on how to specifically deal with chronic pain syndrome and your disability insurance claim, please click here to visit our previous post on the subject.
If you have any further questions about chronic pain syndrome and how your course of treatment may affect your disability claim, please call our offices toll-free at (855) 828-4100 or visit out website to sign up for a free consultation.